Comedian Eddie Izzard entertains an appreciative audience
at the Albery Theatre in London with his musings on topics
such as advertising, laundry, cats and dogs, birds and bees,
and Mr Spock's secret Twix...
Originally released on VHS in 1994, this recording contains
many classic observations from Izzard's eccentric view of
These include advertising. Many people have commentated on
the fact that sex sells, but Eddie tells us this in a completely
new way: "Wash your clothes," screams the advertisers' subtext,
"or no one will shag you!" This routine also involves the
memorable anthropomorphism of some dark blue underpants, which
infiltrate a whites-only wash hidden inside a shirt (because
shirts are, of course, very stupid).
Izzard does a lot of anthropomorphising, especially when it
comes to animals. There are cats that drill for oil, hence
the purring sound. They also lower your blood pressure - by
draining off your blood while you're asleep, then selling
it to the local blood bank and splitting the takings with
your dog. Then there's Steve the bird, who leads the other
birds to their annual holiday destination (rather badly, because
he can't read the map very well) and Brian the bee, who dances
to tell the other bees where the nectar can be found. But,
as Eddie observes, if bees can make honey, why don't the other
invertebrates do anything so useful? Do earwigs make chutney?
Do spiders make gravy?
fans will particularly appreciate the comedian's comments
on Star Trek. Though his recognition of the fact that
the unknown guys in red shirts are the most likely to get
killed is hardly new, his offbeat comments about tricorders,
Mr Spock's science station, and phasers are in a league of
their own. Hilarious suggestions for additional phaser settings
include "Bit of a Cough", "Water in Ear After Swimming" and
"Oven Left on at Home".
The 15 certificate is due to the bad language that Izzard
uses. However, though he makes frequent use of the "F" word,
his tone is so playful and inoffensive that it rarely seems
coarse. In fact, you might not even register the swearing
until you show the video to your grandma or the vicar!
with this factor in mind, the DVD offers an optional bleeped
audio track, in addition to a commentary by the comedian,
an on-screen trivia track and a photo gallery. I haven't actually
seen these extras, because a tape was sent for review rather
than a DVD, so don't take my word for it on that.
matter which extras are present or not, Unrepeatable
certainly merits repeated viewing.
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